Our party went very well – everyone seems to have had a good time (no one has quit and everyone still seems to be speaking to us, anyway). I took a few pictures because, well, our house won’t look quite that nice again until right before next year’s party.
I like this picture for two reasons: it’s halfway decent – I don’t take very good pictures of rooms – and it’s the only time our fugly fireplace is pretty. If we’d had to buy this house because we loved the fireplace, we’d be living somewhere else, trust me.
Our Amish-crafted bookcases. We had someone clean the carpets before the party, who looked at the bookcases and said, “Boy, someone likes to read.” I replied, “Not at all – I’m just allergic to moose heads.” (Here’s your sign…)
Look very carefully at the dining room. Appreciate how nice it looks, because the other 364 days a year it is covered with my laptop, note pads, pens, pencils, The Young One’s homework and my photography stuff. Oh, and ignore that I still have not picked out a color for above the chair rail. Oh, well.
This is a Hendrick’s Martini. Lately it is the libation of choice if we’re going to drink a martini because A) it tastes really, really good and 2) it’s not exactly cheap so we don’t drink a lot. Distilled in Scotland, Hendrick’s lacks the junipery sharpness of most gins and has a subtle undertone of cucumber. Best served very dry, it is also quite tasty garnished with a sour gherkin.
serves Beloved and makes him happy
3 ounces Hendrick’s Gin
several drops dry vermouth
Chill a martini glass in the freezer. Place several ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. Drizzle the vermouth sparingly into the shaker, just enough to coat the ice cubes. Add the Hendricks to the ice and shake. Strain into the chilled martini glass, garnish with the cucumber slice and serve.